A vital part of our service to children begins with our outstanding staff who works hard to manage and maintain a professional, caring and supportive environment for our patients in a timely manner. Our doctors are lifelong learners. All are board certified in Pediatrics, and they continually pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest in child health care.
Thomas Bodenstine, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Bodenstine, “Dr. Bo,” is one of six children born into a very Catholic family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he has very fond memories of his hometown. When he was a young teenager, his father was transferred to Chattanooga, Tennessee where Dr. Bo attended and graduated from Notre Dame High School (Class of 1971). He was close to completing his undergraduate studies in biology at the University of California, Irvine, when on a visit to the east coast for his brother’s wedding he met the future Mrs. Bodenstine—Elizabeth “Cissy” Skidmore (a Raleigh native), and never returned to California. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Biology at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and went to work for Alliance Agronomics, Inc. The family moved to a farm near Smithfield, Virginia, where they lived for the next ten years. When their youngest child was old enough to attend kindergarten, Cissy returned to work and Dr. Bo went back to school. He attended the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia. At graduation he received the Holmes Gillette award for “The Student Who Best Exemplifies the Ideals of the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine” (the most prestigious honor the school confers). He served his internship and residency at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk and has been with Oberlin Road Pediatrics since. He has served as Chairman of the Pediatric Executive Committee at Duke-Raleigh Hospital, on the Pediatrics Executive Committee at Rex Hospital, and as Vice-Chairman of Pediatrics at WakeMed Health and Hospitals, Raleigh. He is currently the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at WakeMed and is the lead physician at Oberlin Road Pediatrics.
Beth Galla, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Galla (nee Beth Berghausen) was born in Ft. Collins, CO but was raised in Palo Alto, cA from the age of 3. She then ventured 3,000 miles with her brother to attend Duke University, where she received a B.S. in psychology, graduating magna cum laude and with distinction in her major ('94). While at Duke, she had the privilege of traveling the Eastern Seaboard as a member of the Blue Devils Women's Track Team, competing in the 800M and 400M. In her spare time between studying and running, she enjoyed tutoring pediatric patients at the Lenox Baker Children's Hospital in Durham. Having fallen in love with NC, she chose to remain in the state for medical school and graduated from Bowman Gray (Wake Forest) School of Medicine in '98. During her time in Winston-Salem, she was honored to be elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and to receive the Pediatric Merit Award, given to the student demonstrating excellent all-around ability and interest in the care of children. Dr. Galla then completed her pediatric residency at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas/UT Southwestern. After 3 years in TX, she yeared to return to her home state of CA, where she practiced in a variety of clinical settings for 11 years. During that time, she married Matthew Galla (M.I.T. '92) and gave birth to 3 boys in just over 3 years. Although her work life in CA was good, the challenges of raising a young family in Silicon Valley made a return to the South very appealing. She also wanted to raise her children among cousins, 3 of whom reside in Durham. Matthew's company transferred him to NC in the spring of 2012 and Dr. Galla happily joined Oberlin Road Pediatrics in October 2012. She is thrilled to be working alongside delightful colleagues and to be raising her sons among friendly neighbors and an abundance of outdoor activities. Her passions include her house full of boys, running, cooking, gardening and building strong and lasting relationships with her patients and their families.
Laura Kelly, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Kelly is a native of Raleigh, NC. She is also a graduate of Broughton High School (’85). She attended UNC-Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree (BA- Biology and Chemistry) and volunteered at NC Memorial Hospital. She also volunteered through the Campus Y to tutor children after school. Between her undergraduate degree and medical school, Dr. Kelly worked at Planned Parenthood in Raleigh. She attended East Carolina Medical School and graduated in 1996 (same class as Dr. Shaw). She was co-chair for a medical student run clinic at the Greenville homeless shelter. Her first child was born during her third year of medical school, so life became a lot more interesting! Her family moved to Winston-Salem for residency at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly’s second child was born the last month of her residency and her family moved back to Raleigh in 1999. She joined Rex Healthcare as a pediatrician that year and practiced with Auman, Anderson, Munt, and Daumen pediatric group. She became a partner with them in 2001 and they changed their name to White Oak Pediatric Associates. She has participated with the Rex Hospital Pediatric Quality Assurances Committee over the last several years. Dr. Kelly joined Oberlin Road Pediatrics in March 2013. She lives with her husband and two teenage boys in Raleigh and enjoys family trips to the mountains and being outdoors.
Emili Mack, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Mack has called North Carolina home since the age of 15. She attended NC State University, earning three BS degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Zoology, with two minor degrees in Spanish and Anthropology. She graduated summa cum laude in 1997 and 1998, with honors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. During her time as an undergraduate she participated in research in the fields of Entomology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry while volunteering at an outpatient pediatric clinic through Rex Hospital.
She earned her Doctor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. During her time at UNC, she was active in various hospital-affiliated programs in community health and Latino health. In 1999 she created and published a study in anthropological medicine, focused on the Hispanic doctor-patient relationship, under the mentorship of Dr. Pedro M. Ortiz Santiago in Puerto Rico. She refined her medical education with a pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC (2002-4) and Duke University Medical Center (2004-5).
Following residency, she worked for over 2 years in Brunswick County, NC in private practice. She relocated back to the Triangle after the birth of her first child. She was honored to work briefly at the Wake County Health Department before joining the team at Oberlin Road Pediatrics in 2008. At Oberlin Road Pediatrics, she enjoys her role in the health and happiness of her patients. She has been the Medical Director/Supervising Physician for Saint Mary’s School since 2010. When she is not at work, Dr. Mack devotes her time to her active children and family.
Mary-Cassie Shaw, M.D, FAAP
Dr. Shaw is a native of Raleigh, NC. She is a graduate of Needham Broughton High School ('87) where she was elected vice president of the student body during her senior year. For her undergraduate work, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC-CH she became interested in becoming a physician after volunteering in play therapy with children on the Burn Unit at North Carolina Memorial Hospitals. She graduated in 1991 with a BS in Biology, a BA in French, and a minor in Chemistry. Between her undergraduate work and medical school, she worked at the Philadelphia Zoo and did research in a Venezuelan rainforest.
She attended medical school at East Carolina University. She was very active in student government at ECU, and she served as her class' vice president. She also enjoyed working in the homeless shelter clinic as well as serving on the medical school admissions board. While at ECU, she spent one summer studying parasitology at the medical school in Costa Rica. After graduation, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham's residency program. She completed a dual residency in pediatrics and internal medicine.
Upon completing her residency in 2000, she joined Triangle Community Physicians in Durham, NC and practiced both pediatrics and internal medicine. Being a Raleigh native she wanted to return to her hometown and joined Oberlin Road Pediatrics in January 2003. Since joining Oberlin Road Pediatrics, she also served as the Medical Director at St. Mary's High School from 2006-2010.
In 2004, she was appointed by Governor Easley and later reappointed by Governor Perdue to North Carolina's Child Care Commission. She was honored to serve on this commission for approximately 6 years.
Mary-Cassie Shaw is married to Charles Cleary, and they have two daughters, Cassie and Mollie. She enjoys walking, being with her family, baking, and travelling.
Tina Stewart, M.D., FAAP
Tina Burleson Stewart, MD was born and raised in Salisbury, NC. Dr. Stewart had the privilege of attending the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham for her junior and senior years of high school. It was there that she first became interested in human physiology and a potential medical career. Dr. Stewart chose to go to Wake Forest University for college where she graduated cum laude and with honors.
Dr. Stewart attended medical school at East Carolina University School of Medicine. While there, she was Chair of the Medical Student Council and had the great honor of being inducted into the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Stewart then ventured briefly out of North Carolina and did her pediatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. While in her second year of residency, she was selected for the Golden Apple Award which was given to the resident whom the medical students voted as the best teacher. At the end of her third year of residency, she was presented with the Outstanding Senior Resident Award which was the top award given to a pediatric resident. Dr. Stewart was honored with the opportunity to stay an additional year as chief resident of pediatrics, so she opted to accept the challenge of this position while enjoying an extra year in Charleston.
Upon completing residency, Dr. Stewart came back to North Carolina and joined Oberlin Road Pediatrics in 2002. Although Dr. Stewart calls North Carolina home, she enjoys traveling all over the world. She loves her family and friends, and she enjoys various activities in her spare time. Dr. Stewart finds great pleasure in helping her patients and families to be healthy and happy ......
Suzanne Vining, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Vining (née Strandhoy) grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. She attended the University of North Carolina for both undergraduate (BA Spanish with Chemistry minor, '94) and medical school ('99). While in medical school, she was inducted to the Mayer Honor Society for Community Service for organizing SALSA, a volunteer organization that advocates for Latino Health. She completed her pediatric residency at the Seattle Children's Hospital in 2002.
Subsequently, Dr. Vining worked all over the world, as she and her Army husband Dr. Neil Vining moved at the discretion of Uncle Sam. Dr. Vining has practiced community pediatrics in Puyallup, Washington; Heidelberg, Germany; and Ft. Stewart, Georgia. She received the Commander's Award for Civilian Service for leading the pediatric training programs for PA students and Special Forces medics at Ft. Stewart. They returned to Seattle in 2010, where Dr. Vining honed her skills working in the Seattle Children's Hospital Emergency Department. In 2011, they were free civilians and could finally come home to beloved North Carolina. Dr. Neil Vining (UNC, MD '00) is a Pediatric Orthopedic surgeon with Raleigh Orthopedics. They now enjoy finally planting perennials, boating, and seeing frequently their NC family and friends. Dr. Vining has one young son, Eric, and 2 older stepchildren.
Medical interests: Military families, Spanish-speaking families, Orthopedic concerns, trauma, genetic syndromes.
Brad Wasserman, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Wasserman was born and raised in Maryland. He is the son of two physicians, which set him up early on the path to wanting to be a doctor. He received his BA from Williams College and MD from the University of Maryland. After his freshman year of medical school, Dr. Wasserman had an opportunity to serve as a camp counselor at several summer camps for children with cancer. Those experiences cemented his decision to become a pediatrician.
While in medical school, Dr. Wasserman participated in community service programs to promote smoking cessation in local high schools, provide medical care to the Latino community, and spend time with hospitalized sick children as a “pediatric pal.” He had several opportunities to experience healthcare delivery to underserved populations. One was shadowing a pediatrician practicing in Roswell, NM for a summer serving a largely Hispanic population, and the other was externing with the Indian Health Service in Gallup, NM and White River Junction, AZ providing care to Navajo and Apache Indians respectively. His classmates recognized Dr. Wasserman’s commitment to caring for those in his community by awarding him the William D. Kaplan award at his medical school graduation.
Dr. Wasserman did his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. Upon completion of his training, Dr. Wasserman moved to the Triangle and began his career at Oberlin Road Pediatrics in September 2003. He has enjoyed the opportunity to take care of many patients over the years and see patients and families not only at the office but also out in the community.
Outside of Oberlin Road Pediatrics, Dr. Wasserman has continued to serve the medical community as a member of both the Rex Pediatric Executive Committee and the Executive Committee of the Wake County Medical Society since 2010.
In his spare time, Dr. Wasserman enjoys spending time with his family and dogs. He enjoys exercise, photography, travel, working in the yard, and time at the lake.